In a move that could once again fuel the “chacha-bhatija” rivalry in the Yadav family, Shivpal Yadav, soon after assuming charge as Samajwadi Party unit president, expelled a close relative of senior party leader Ram Gopal Yadav along with another leader for their alleged involvement in land grabbing.
In his first decision after taking charge as SP UP president, Shivpal expelled party MLC Arvind Pratap Yadav, who is nephew of Ram Gopal Yadav and the former village head in Etawah, Akhilesh Kumar Yadav, for their alleged involvement in land grabbing and other such activities.
According to sources, there were a lot of complaints related to land grabbing and others against these two.
"Arvind has been expelled for making derogatory and indecent comments against party supremo Mulayam and his involvement in anti-party activities," SP state secretary S R S Yadav said.
Earlier, before reaching the office, Shivpal met Mulayam Singh Yadav at the airport before he left for Delhi.
The expulsion could fuel another war in the family as both of them were close to Ram Gopal.
The feud in Uttar Pradesh's first family had ended on Saturday after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav restored all but one portfolios of Shivpal Yadav and promised to support him as SP's state unit president, a post from which he was himself removed three days back triggering the power tussle with his uncle.
Addressing party workers, Shivpal said that as elections are near, everyone should gear up to strengthen the party to form majority government.
He also warned workers against groupism saying "there is no place of groupism in the party and those indulging in it will be treated strictly".
"If you all want to shout slogans, it should be first in favour of party, then Netaji (Mulayam) and then chief minister," he told workers.
(With PTI inputs)